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Our Team

Portchain was founded by three former McKinsey project managers with deep expertise in digitizing the shipping industry, having served across the value chain on a global basis. Our team members have diverse profiles and distinctive talents - all working together to optimize shipping operations through the use of technology

Niels is co-founder and Chief Executive Officer at Portchain. Previously, he worked at McKinsey advising primarily container terminals and lines on strategy and digitization. He also led McKinsey’s first internal startup, where he led the development of an application for the shipping industry. Niels studied Economics at the University of Gothenburg and  Oxford, and has an M.B.A. from M.I.T.

Niels Kristiansen

CEO, co-founder

Niels is co-founder and Chief Executive Officer at Portchain. Previously, he worked at McKinsey advising primarily container terminals and lines on strategy and digitization. He also led McKinsey’s first internal startup, where he led the development of an application for the shipping industry. Niels studied Economics at the University of Gothenburg and  Oxford, and has an M.B.A. from M.I.T.

Anders is co-founder and Chief Innovation Officer at Portchain. Previously, he worked at McKinsey leading the development of several B2B applications. Anders was Product Manager for a SaaS application that used machine learning to predict vessel arrivals for container terminals. He led several end-to-end process digitization efforts across leading logistics and financial institutions.

Anders Olivarius

CIO, co-founder

Anders is co-founder and Chief Innovation Officer at Portchain. Previously, he worked at McKinsey leading the development of several B2B applications. Anders was Product Manager for a SaaS application that used machine learning to predict vessel arrivals for container terminals. He led several end-to-end process digitization efforts across leading logistics and financial institutions.

Thor is co-founder and Chief Commercial Officer at Portchain. Previously, he worked at McKinsey leading digital transformations for shipping and logistics clients. He led the development of an industry leading data sharing effort in a Global Port, and led several digital strategy efforts for companies across the logistics value chain. Thor has a MSc in Mechanical Engineering (Hons) from the Technical University of Denmark.

Thor Thorup

CCO, co-founder

Thor is co-founder and Chief Commercial Officer at Portchain. Previously, he worked at McKinsey leading digital transformations for shipping and logistics clients. He led the development of an industry leading data sharing effort in a Global Port, and led several digital strategy efforts for companies across the logistics value chain. Thor has a MSc in Mechanical Engineering (Hons) from the Technical University of Denmark.

Craig is the Vice President of Sales at Portchain. Previously he worked at Navis leading the Sales Strategy for Navis’ first SaaS platform and internal start-up named XVELA cloud collaboration. With 12 years experience from Navis, Craig’s roles included advising and selling to terminal, carrier and vessel executives, putting Craig in a strong position to further the goals of Portchain. Craig studied Computing for Business Applications at the University Manchester.

Craig Halford

Vice President of Sales

Craig is the Vice President of Sales at Portchain. Previously he worked at Navis leading the Sales Strategy for Navis’ first SaaS platform and internal start-up named XVELA cloud collaboration. With 12 years experience from Navis, Craig’s roles included advising and selling to terminal, carrier and vessel executives, putting Craig in a strong position to further the goals of Portchain. Craig studied Computing for Business Applications at the University Manchester.

Rasmus is the Vice President of Product at Portchain. His previous workplaces include Tradeshift and Falcon.io. With over 15 years of experience from start-ups and scale-ups, Rasmus comes with a strong product background and expertise in SaaS-based platform products. Rasmus’ vision for Portchain, its customers and users will ensure Portchain continues to create value-adding services and industry efficiencies.

Rasmus Holmann Sørensen

Vice President of Product

Rasmus is the Vice President of Product at Portchain. His previous workplaces include Tradeshift and Falcon.io. With over 15 years of experience from start-ups and scale-ups, Rasmus comes with a strong product background and expertise in SaaS-based platform products. Rasmus’ vision for Portchain, its customers and users will ensure Portchain continues to create value-adding services and industry efficiencies.

Martin is the Vice President of Engineering at Portchain. With a career spanning over two decades optimizing the intersection of strategy, people, and technology across diverse domains and organizational sizes. Prior to joining Portchain, Martin served as Director of Engineering at Templafy, where he led a large, multi-site engineering organization through a significant transformation in technology and process improvement. His tenure at CBB as Chief Software Architect saw him rearchitecting the core system to be data- and event-driven. Martin’s extensive background in software engineering is complemented by his roles in leadership, deeply influencing engineering practices and organizational culture. He holds a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Lund University. At Portchain, Martin is committed to driving engineering excellence, enabling…

Martin Rosén-Lidholm

Vice President of Engineering

Martin is the Vice President of Engineering at Portchain. With a career spanning over two decades optimizing the intersection of strategy, people, and technology across diverse domains and organizational sizes. Prior to joining Portchain, Martin served as Director of Engineering at Templafy, where he led a large, multi-site engineering organization through a significant transformation in technology and process improvement. His tenure at CBB as Chief Software Architect saw him rearchitecting the core system to be data- and event-driven. Martin’s extensive background in software engineering is complemented by his roles in leadership, deeply influencing engineering practices and organizational culture. He holds a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Lund University. At Portchain, Martin is committed to driving engineering excellence, enabling…

Michele is Director of Engineering at Portchain. Michele has been working in software industry for 9 years over a wide range of projects from mobile app to B2B SaaS applications. He is a Microsoft MVP and has been working in companies like nearForm. Michele has a MSc in Informatics Engineering from University of Brescia.

Michele Capra

Director of Engineering

Michele is Director of Engineering at Portchain. Michele has been working in software industry for 9 years over a wide range of projects from mobile app to B2B SaaS applications. He is a Microsoft MVP and has been working in companies like nearForm. Michele has a MSc in Informatics Engineering from University of Brescia.

Rie is Portchain’s Chief of Staff. Rie started her career in DFDS but in recent years has spent 7 years with McKinsey and 2,5 years with Nrep. Rie has a broad bench of experience and expertise ranging from operational excellence, performance management and sustainability to general project and office management.

Rie Creasy Glentemose

Chief of Staff

Rie is Portchain’s Chief of Staff. Rie started her career in DFDS but in recent years has spent 7 years with McKinsey and 2,5 years with Nrep. Rie has a broad bench of experience and expertise ranging from operational excellence, performance management and sustainability to general project and office management.

Jasper is Senior Sales Director at Portchain. He has extensive experience from Strategy Consulting and Technology & Innovation Management within technology intensive industries. He has 8 years of experience driving technology adaptation in the maritime sector: from Maersk, responsible for Future Technologies & Innovation, and Navis driving key client discussions on future requirements. Jasper has a MSc (with Merit) and a Ph.D. in Physics from Utrecht University (the Netherlands).

Jasper Boessenkool

Senior Sales Director

Jasper is Senior Sales Director at Portchain. He has extensive experience from Strategy Consulting and Technology & Innovation Management within technology intensive industries. He has 8 years of experience driving technology adaptation in the maritime sector: from Maersk, responsible for Future Technologies & Innovation, and Navis driving key client discussions on future requirements. Jasper has a MSc (with Merit) and a Ph.D. in Physics from Utrecht University (the Netherlands).

Federico is a Staff Engineer at Portchain. Federico has 10 years of experience as a full-stack developer, working in companies like MailUp and Antares Vision. He has an MSc in Information Technologies from University of Milan with an in-depth expertise in operations research.

Federico Gandellini

Staff Engineer

Federico is a Staff Engineer at Portchain. Federico has 10 years of experience as a full-stack developer, working in companies like MailUp and Antares Vision. He has an MSc in Information Technologies from University of Milan with an in-depth expertise in operations research.

Gorjan is a Senior Product Manager at Portchain, bringing over ten years of experience from AdTech and FinTech companies like Google and Pleo. His experience ranges from product management, user journey optimisation, performance marketing and business intelligence in SaaS-based software, having studied Business Studies at Roskilde University.

Gorjan Dimitrov

Senior Product Manager

Gorjan is a Senior Product Manager at Portchain, bringing over ten years of experience from AdTech and FinTech companies like Google and Pleo. His experience ranges from product management, user journey optimisation, performance marketing and business intelligence in SaaS-based software, having studied Business Studies at Roskilde University.

Julie is a Senior Product Manager at Portchain. Julie has extensive product manager experience from both B2B and B2C in start-ups as well as large corporates. Julie has a Ph.D. in molecular biology from the University of Copenhagen.

Julie Skotte

Senior Product Manager

Julie is a Senior Product Manager at Portchain. Julie has extensive product manager experience from both B2B and B2C in start-ups as well as large corporates. Julie has a Ph.D. in molecular biology from the University of Copenhagen.

Michele is Senior Product Designer at Portchain, and has 4+ years of experience in the User Interface and User Experience fields. Michele has worked with companies like MailUp, Manfrotto, PayPal, TotalErg, and Sky. His work has received mentions in a number of prominent digital design magazines like Net Magazine, TNW, and DesignModo. Michele has a Bachelor in Graphic Design and Multimedia from the Academy of Fine Arts of Brescia.

Michele Mazzucco

Senior Product Designer

Michele is Senior Product Designer at Portchain, and has 4+ years of experience in the User Interface and User Experience fields. Michele has worked with companies like MailUp, Manfrotto, PayPal, TotalErg, and Sky. His work has received mentions in a number of prominent digital design magazines like Net Magazine, TNW, and DesignModo. Michele has a Bachelor in Graphic Design and Multimedia from the Academy of Fine Arts of Brescia.

Sebastian is a Data Scientist at Portchain. Sebastian has worked with quantitative analytics and machine learning in the financial industry for 4 years. He has developed risk quantification frameworks for energy trading and computer vision for insurance claim handling. He has a Ph.D. in nanoscience from Aarhus University of Denmark.

Sebastian Christensen

Senior Data Scientist

Sebastian is a Data Scientist at Portchain. Sebastian has worked with quantitative analytics and machine learning in the financial industry for 4 years. He has developed risk quantification frameworks for energy trading and computer vision for insurance claim handling. He has a Ph.D. in nanoscience from Aarhus University of Denmark.

João is an Optimization Specialist at Portchain. João has worked with mathematical programming, heuristics and matheuristics to optimize transport planning for the last 4 years. His main focus has been within scheduling, timetabling, and passenger assignment within public transport planning. He holds an MSc in Transport and Logistics and has a Ph.D. in operations research, both from the Technical University of Denmark.

João Paiva Fonseca

Senior Optimization Specialist

João is an Optimization Specialist at Portchain. João has worked with mathematical programming, heuristics and matheuristics to optimize transport planning for the last 4 years. His main focus has been within scheduling, timetabling, and passenger assignment within public transport planning. He holds an MSc in Transport and Logistics and has a Ph.D. in operations research, both from the Technical University of Denmark.

Andreea is Product Manager at Portchain, and brings over four years of experience in digital product management within B2B contexts, including banking/FinTech and workforce planning. With a human-centered approach, she has been shaping and delivering solutions that drive workflow digitalization and automation. Andreea holds a MSc in Business Administration – International Business Management from the University of Southern Denmark.

Andreea Enache

Product Manager

Andreea is Product Manager at Portchain, and brings over four years of experience in digital product management within B2B contexts, including banking/FinTech and workforce planning. With a human-centered approach, she has been shaping and delivering solutions that drive workflow digitalization and automation. Andreea holds a MSc in Business Administration – International Business Management from the University of Southern Denmark.

Julie is a UX/Researcher at Portchain. Julie has 3+ years of experience working with user experience and user research on a wide variety of projects across different industries, from the public sector to Fintech companies and more. Her experience has provided her with a user-centric mindset and an expertise in translating complex user needs into actionable findings to drive business impact. Julie holds a MSc in Digital Design and Communication from the IT University of Copenhagen.

Julie Aaboe

UX/Researcher

Julie is a UX/Researcher at Portchain. Julie has 3+ years of experience working with user experience and user research on a wide variety of projects across different industries, from the public sector to Fintech companies and more. Her experience has provided her with a user-centric mindset and an expertise in translating complex user needs into actionable findings to drive business impact. Julie holds a MSc in Digital Design and Communication from the IT University of Copenhagen.

Angus is a Senior Customer Success Manager at Portchain, supporting the full lifecycle of Portchain Connect customers.Angus has over 10 years of experience working with SaaS platforms in healthcare and the PSA space. Focused on collaboration, Angus seeks to build partnerships to deliver maximum value across tools and processes.Angus has an LLB in Law with European Law from the University of Nottingham and the University of Copenhagen.

Angus Davidson

Senior Customer Success Manager

Angus is a Senior Customer Success Manager at Portchain, supporting the full lifecycle of Portchain Connect customers.Angus has over 10 years of experience working with SaaS platforms in healthcare and the PSA space. Focused on collaboration, Angus seeks to build partnerships to deliver maximum value across tools and processes.Angus has an LLB in Law with European Law from the University of Nottingham and the University of Copenhagen.

Jonas is Portchain’s Senior Project Manager with the Customer team. Jonas started his career with Sealand Maersk in capacity management and vessel operations before leading network design and scheduling for feeders in Europe. Creating annual million dollar savings in the European region by optimizing capacity and integrating new best in class vessels. With further experience as a Newbuilding Project Manager at Maersk and a foray into tech as a Customer Experience Project Manager at Agoda.com Jonas brings 10+ years of hands on shipping knowledge and IT experience.

Jonas Warming

Senior Project Manager

Jonas is Portchain’s Senior Project Manager with the Customer team. Jonas started his career with Sealand Maersk in capacity management and vessel operations before leading network design and scheduling for feeders in Europe. Creating annual million dollar savings in the European region by optimizing capacity and integrating new best in class vessels. With further experience as a Newbuilding Project Manager at Maersk and a foray into tech as a Customer Experience Project Manager at Agoda.com Jonas brings 10+ years of hands on shipping knowledge and IT experience.

Anna is a Senior Customer Success Manager at Portchain, and oversees a portfolio of Connect customers, drawing from over 7 years of experience in SaaS. With a background in both Customer Success Management and Operations, Anna’s focus is on delighting customers, demonstrating value, and optimizing CS processes. Anna’s academic journey includes a Bachelor’s in Foreign Languages from the University of Trieste and a Master’s in International Business Communication from CBS.

Anna Miotello

Senior Customer Success Manager

Anna is a Senior Customer Success Manager at Portchain, and oversees a portfolio of Connect customers, drawing from over 7 years of experience in SaaS. With a background in both Customer Success Management and Operations, Anna’s focus is on delighting customers, demonstrating value, and optimizing CS processes. Anna’s academic journey includes a Bachelor’s in Foreign Languages from the University of Trieste and a Master’s in International Business Communication from CBS.

Laia is a Marketing Manager in Portchain and brings good branding and marketing experience to the company. Having worked in the recycling and construction markets for the last 5 years, Laia has launched several successful regional and global marketing campaigns. She is graduated in MSc in Communication & Brand Management at Copenhagen Business School. Previously, she studied a BSc in International Business & Marketing at ESCI-Upf, in Barcelona.

Laia Martín Anglada

Marketing Manager

Laia is a Marketing Manager in Portchain and brings good branding and marketing experience to the company. Having worked in the recycling and construction markets for the last 5 years, Laia has launched several successful regional and global marketing campaigns. She is graduated in MSc in Communication & Brand Management at Copenhagen Business School. Previously, she studied a BSc in International Business & Marketing at ESCI-Upf, in Barcelona.

Juan is Customer Support Specialist at Portchain. Juan counts on extensive working experience in IT, from helpdesk support to Technical Support Engineer and Product Specialist. Juan has worked in companies from different areas, such as telecommunications; banking; customer care; tourism & hospitality; transport & logistics; graphic design, and more. Over the years, Juan has also strengthened his organizational skills and knowledge in Project Management.

Juan Alamo

Customer Support Specialist

Juan is Customer Support Specialist at Portchain. Juan counts on extensive working experience in IT, from helpdesk support to Technical Support Engineer and Product Specialist. Juan has worked in companies from different areas, such as telecommunications; banking; customer care; tourism & hospitality; transport & logistics; graphic design, and more. Over the years, Juan has also strengthened his organizational skills and knowledge in Project Management.

Alessandro is a Senior Software Engineer at Portchain. He worked 9 years as a freelance full-stack developer then co-founded his own startup as CEO for 5 years. Alessandro joins Portchain after holding a 5 year term in the media industry as Head of Technology. Alessandro has an MSc in Physics from University of Parma.  

Alessandro Ferrari

Senior Software Engineer

Alessandro is a Senior Software Engineer at Portchain. He worked 9 years as a freelance full-stack developer then co-founded his own startup as CEO for 5 years. Alessandro joins Portchain after holding a 5 year term in the media industry as Head of Technology. Alessandro has an MSc in Physics from University of Parma.  

Stefano is a Software Engineer at Portchain. He started as a JavaScript developer when he was 16, and never stopped since. Stefano has focused his career on Front-end and UI development in multiple industries, such as medical, food, and the ceramic industry, and is now working as a Full-Stack engineer.

Stefano Gombi

Senior Software Engineer

Stefano is a Software Engineer at Portchain. He started as a JavaScript developer when he was 16, and never stopped since. Stefano has focused his career on Front-end and UI development in multiple industries, such as medical, food, and the ceramic industry, and is now working as a Full-Stack engineer.

Utku is a Senior Software Engineer at Portchain who holds an MSc in Computer Science. He worked for more than 5 years as a software engineer at the Turkish Space Agency, where he gained expertise in the fields of satellite technologies and signal processing. He is also experienced in building user-facing web applications, having worked as a full-stack software engineer at small startups as well.

Utku Ufuk

Senior Software Engineer

Utku is a Senior Software Engineer at Portchain who holds an MSc in Computer Science. He worked for more than 5 years as a software engineer at the Turkish Space Agency, where he gained expertise in the fields of satellite technologies and signal processing. He is also experienced in building user-facing web applications, having worked as a full-stack software engineer at small startups as well.

Paolo is a Senior Software Engineer at Portchain, bringing over ten years of versatile industry expertise in automotive, mobile gaming, and finance. His background spans mobile devices, backend and frontend development, Linux system programming, and embedded systems. Paolo holds an MSc in Informatics Engineering from the University of Brescia and LaSalle in Barcelona.

Paolo Tagliani

Senior Software Engineer

Paolo is a Senior Software Engineer at Portchain, bringing over ten years of versatile industry expertise in automotive, mobile gaming, and finance. His background spans mobile devices, backend and frontend development, Linux system programming, and embedded systems. Paolo holds an MSc in Informatics Engineering from the University of Brescia and LaSalle in Barcelona.

João is a Software Engineer at Portchain. He has 14 years of experience developing software professionally in different industries, technologies, and languages. Focused on full-stack development he doesn’t have a preference between frontend and backend.

João Durães Sousa Franco

Software Engineer

João is a Software Engineer at Portchain. He has 14 years of experience developing software professionally in different industries, technologies, and languages. Focused on full-stack development he doesn’t have a preference between frontend and backend.

Luigi is a Senior Software Engineer at Portchain. He is an experienced technology enthusiast with a Master´s Degree in Electronic Engineering. With a long career working with the big enterprises, he has acquired many different skills spanning from System Administration to IT Project Management. From 2019 he started to work with startups as Full Stack Developer and DevOps.

Luigi Balzano

Senior Software Engineer

Luigi is a Senior Software Engineer at Portchain. He is an experienced technology enthusiast with a Master´s Degree in Electronic Engineering. With a long career working with the big enterprises, he has acquired many different skills spanning from System Administration to IT Project Management. From 2019 he started to work with startups as Full Stack Developer and DevOps.

André is a Senior Software Engineer at Portchain. In the past, he has hold positions at Microsoft’s Language Development Center, at Hypercharge and Xpower NV within the automotive sector, and at the fintech space with Fidel API. Additionally, André has also held academic research and teaching positions, on technical topics around embedded systems and mobile computing, plus on business topics such as organizational learning and knowledge management. André holds a PhD in Information Systems and Computer Engineering from the Technical University of Lisbon, in Portugal.

André Santos

Senior Software Engineer

André is a Senior Software Engineer at Portchain. In the past, he has hold positions at Microsoft’s Language Development Center, at Hypercharge and Xpower NV within the automotive sector, and at the fintech space with Fidel API. Additionally, André has also held academic research and teaching positions, on technical topics around embedded systems and mobile computing, plus on business topics such as organizational learning and knowledge management. André holds a PhD in Information Systems and Computer Engineering from the Technical University of Lisbon, in Portugal.

Lara is a Marketing Analyst at Portchain with a background in the service industry and a focus on social media platforms. She is currently studying a Msc in Communications & Brand Management, after finishing a Bsc in Business Administration & Service Management at CBS.

Lara Petersen

Marketing Analyst

Lara is a Marketing Analyst at Portchain with a background in the service industry and a focus on social media platforms. She is currently studying a Msc in Communications & Brand Management, after finishing a Bsc in Business Administration & Service Management at CBS.

Tanneguy is a Financial Analyst at Portchain. He is currently studying a BSc in Business Administration & Digital Management at the Copenhagen Business School.

Tanneguy Salavert

Financial Analyst

Tanneguy is a Financial Analyst at Portchain. He is currently studying a BSc in Business Administration & Digital Management at the Copenhagen Business School.

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